#skilletbattle

last weekend, my favorite doctor/chef/husband/dad competed in the rei skillet battle and despite the total deluge, it was such a great time! he went head-to-head against nine other washingtonians, cooking an entire meal in a cast iron on a camp stove in 45 minutes. somehow, he pulled off the most delicious paella, full of maryland lump crab, clams and half smokes. oh yeah, and some natty boh.

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spoiler alert: steven didn’t win. major judging error. oh, speaking of judges, top chef california contestant marjorie meek-bradley was one of them. so, that was kind of neat.

here are some fun pictures of the cooking — and the incredible venue, wunder garten dc.

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here’s the venue. it’s super cute, with tons of individual lounge areas that make the large space feel really intimate. each space has an outdoor sectional sofa, which is great because i love sitting on the sofa. ha! the middle of the space has a campfire — so cool! they also have lots of veggies growing, a good beer and wine selection and my favorite: giant chess (i should mention, i don’t know how to play chess. i just think it’s really cute)!

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eek! moments before the torrential downpour.

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cute, dog friendly seating area.

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steven’s paella, being devoured by the crowd!

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no idea who this sweet lady was, but so thankful she took this nearly-17-pound baby off my hands for a few moment.

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my sweet, sleepy (and pretty wet) girl.

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little sisters playing chess!

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she face planted seconds after the shutter was pressed. oops! ; )

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